The Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) is currently inviting applicants for its 2018 Village to Raise a Child program that identifies and nurtures young social entrepreneurs from around the world.
These students called “Global Trailblazers” are selected via a global competition that searches for the most inspiring high schoolers with the most innovative ideas from countries around the globe. Global Trailblazers spend one week at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to develop their projects and leadership skills, and pitch their project to the annual Igniting Innovation Summit.
Taken from the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child,” their name reflects three important values of their program:
- Community-wide effort: It takes a village to raise a child, and using social innovation to improve communities also requires a collaborative effort amongst students, mentors in their communities, and resources provided by their program.
- Youth involvement: Youth should be taken seriously in their ability to affect consequential change in their communities – their creativity and optimism are too valuable to waste.
- Youth empowerment: Young people should be provided with the resources they need to execute their ideas and better the villages that raised them.
The application will close on June 7.
Finalists will be notified on July 8 and the winners will be announced on August 1.